Sisterhood pulsing to support in breaking the silence around Sickle Cell

Marie Abanga
Posted June 1, 2019 from Cameroon

#joy2endure indeed at dear Arrey Echi.  Arrey lives with sickle cell and she is so brave. She does remarkable and tremendous work to raise awareness and and sensitize us all about sickle cell.

 

I arrived the capital city of  Yaounde in tansit to another city where I have a court case coming up. I knew Arrey was starting a month long Campaign again this June 1st, and I decide to  personally visit and offer my widow's more support. 

I first visited my dearest GS (Grande Soeur - a respectful way of addressing a big sister) Sophie Ngassa my mentor, and she had earlier expressed her availability so we go visit Arrey together. Remember it was in Arrey's home I got the final sign to join World Pulse last November 2018. She is such a great host, so soft spoken and caring. She made me fall in love with the word FOCUS.

AWWWWWWWW, You needed to come and see how she received us like we had taken appointments last week or so. The veggies she served us had all sorts of obstacles (local slang to mean lots of meat and fish etc lol).

When you have been fasting all day to usher in a highly anticipatory month, you fall on such deli food (my favourite bobolo awwwwwwww) and eat until your belly cries fowl.

Arrey explained to me me that World Sickle Cell day is on the 19th of June, and that activities are usually done in the week leading up to that date to raise awareness. But, she does a Campaign to run through out the month because we really need that in this country. I mean, I never knew anything about sickle cell growing up although a cousin and a family friend both live with it. It is very stigmatized. Such people are even called witches and in some villages they are ostracised.

I really want to appreciate GS Sophie Ngassa, thank you dearest Arrey o. I will come again before the month is over o hahahaha.

Ok seriously, she makes #SickleCell less frightening and thus lets us into her world of enduring with joy what some of us cannot even fathom. Support her Campaign, no donation is too small

#breakthesilence #beaSickleCellVoice

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Lisbeth
Jun 01
Jun 01

This is a nice post about your visit. Oh she is a strong lady, the way she is able to hide her problems is amazing. Sis. Arrey, we will surely rally behind you this month of June. For a certain you can look forward to my up building comments ha!
Best wishes

Marie Abanga
Jun 05
Jun 05

Dear Lis,
Yes it was a soul support meet-up for a brave sister.
Yes yes, let's rally behind her especially on the day itself which is the 19th

Hello, Sister Marie,

I loooove reading posts about World Pulse sisters meeting together. Oh, wow, that’s so nice to visit her home. The Queen surely knows how to treat Queens!

I’m so happy reading your posts. I can feel your joy while reading it. Have a great day!

Marie Abanga
Jun 05
Jun 05

Dear Karen,

From writing stories in hiding as a kid growing up where writing was 'an idle use of time', to being able to do it so freely today brings me so much joy
One day for real
She is hearts for real
I am having a home day today to rest and recuperate o.
Nice regards

Hello, sister Marie,

I’m happy you are free to do what you enjoy. You bring so much positive wherever you go. There’s no trace of negative energy considering you face victims of sexual harassment and rape most of the time. Amazing!

Yes, please, take some rest. You need that. Hugs.

Jill Langhus
Jun 02
Jun 02

Hi Marie,

Thanks for sharing your lovely update and meeting with the lovely Arrey and Sophie:-) I seriously feel like I missed out. It's so sweet of you to support Arrey by sharing her campaign, too. Hugs:-)

Hope you're having a lovely Sunday:-)

Marie Abanga
Jun 05
Jun 05

Wow Jill,
It was so soul and although I was on a sort of marathon journey, I really wanted to go see her personally. Sharing for me is caring o.
The very next day I was off to another city and the next day I was the one being supported by another WP sister Feka and it was once more so soul.
I am home today doing some rest and recuperation o
Cheers

Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Yes, it is caring, dear. I agree:-)

Wait! Who did you meet on day 3:-)

Ha. Okay. Yes, r&r, dear!

Wendy Stebbins
Jun 04
Jun 04

Hi Marie,

You continue to amaze me with all you do and who you are. Thank you for educating us about sickle cell and making us all want to do something to help others.

Ubuntu,
Wendy Stebbins

Marie Abanga
Jun 05
Jun 05

Hello Wendy
I also marvel at my roller lola life hahaha.
Today is a home and even bed day for much needed R&R and then tomorrow the train takes off
There is so much to do to raise awareness and press for policy change, and we must all endeavour to do our mite